Ministry of Education

Gifted Learners

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Awards for teachers to access learning opportunities to support gifted learners

What are the awards about?

These awards are for teachers to access learning opportunities to increase their skills for supporting gifted learners or learners with exceptional abilities.

The funding is flexible so learning opportunities are more accessible for busy classroom teachers – that will fit with your timetable and location.

What sort of award opportunity can I apply for?

The award money can be used to take part in a formal qualification or an informal learning opportunity – such as a programme, mentorship, spending time with another teacher or other things available in your community.

Gifted learners and learners with exceptional abilities have wide ranging skills and interests so the types of learning opportunities you want to take part in might be unique. You can take part in the learning on your own, with other teachers within a community of learning or a network of teachers across schools.

Applications for an award need to demonstrate how it will help your teaching, how it will support gifted learners and what the benefits will be to your school.

Your learning should be part of a coherent programme of learning about giftedness and helping to meet the needs of gifted students – rather than a series of one-off learning.

Who can apply?

These awards are for:

  • teachers who would like to support gifted learners from early childhood to school leaving age

  • New Zealand residents, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

  • Teachers currently registered to teach in New Zealand and are currently working in early learning, primary or secondary schools, Kohanga Reo or kura.

Your application will need to be endorsed by your school principal or tumuaki.

How do I apply?

Applications for the December 2019 awards open Monday 7 October and will close at 4pm, 1 November 2019. Awards will be made on 15 December 2019.

Awards are made twice a year. The next round of awards will open on 1 March 2020.

You can provide your application in writing or you might prefer to submit a video – however you can best tell your story.

Written applications should not exceed 5 pages of an A4 document. Video clips should not last any longer than 5 minutes. The panel will not consider material that is outside of these limits.

Use this link to submit your application online: Teacher award application

Please contact us with any questions about the application process by email: gifted.awards@education.govt.nz

What does my application need to include?

It is important your application provides a coherent plan for learning that will support gifted learners. It needs to include:

  • An outline of what you will be learning and how you will put it into practice. Please detail who it is run by, when and where.

  • The desired outcomes for yourself, gifted learners you would like to support, your school and any other teachers you might be learning alongside.

  • Why you want to do this and how it will positively impact gifted learners and their social and emotional wellbeing.

  • Who else might be taking part in the learning opportunity – other teachers at your school or kura or other teachers interested in the same learning.

  • A plan for how you’ll reflect on your learning and gain feedback from who you’ve learnt from.

  • The overall cost of the opportunity you want to pursue and the award amount you are seeking.

Check you have included your name and contact details and have your principal or tumuaki to endorse your application.

Important things to consider for your application

Consider asking someone to look over your application to make sure you’ve included everything we’ve asked for.

We want to get a good sense of who you (or your school or network of teachers) are. Tell us about why you’re interested in this area of work and why you want to take part in this learning opportunity. Help give us an idea of what you are passionate about.

Let your passion and enthusiasm shine!

Video presentation guidelines (if applicable)

Please make sure your video is clear, concise and easy to view. We don’t expect you to have professional filming equipment, so using your phone or computer is absolutely fine. But we recommend you review your footage before submitting it, to ensure the sound and image quality is sufficient to get your message across. Avoid submitting anything that’s too shaky, loud or inaudible. We suggest asking a friend or family member to help you with the filming so you can concentrate on telling us your story.

Support for your application

Your application will need to be endorsed by your school principal or kura tumuaki.

Their support of your application should be included with the information you provide. We require confirmation that they will provide teacher release time, if required.

Contact for queries or more information

For any queries or more information please email: gifted.awards@education.govt.nz

What happens after I submit my application?

Once you have submitted your application at this link: Teacher Award application we will confirm we have received your application. If necessary, we will ask you if we need more information or to clarify anything that is unclear.

A panel will then meet to review all of the applications and decide which ones will receive an award.

We will get in touch with everyone who has applied to confirm the outcome of their application, approximately 6-8 weeks after the applications close.

If your application is successful

If you are awarded the monies you have applied for, you will be expected to briefly report on the outcomes of your learning – for your learners, your school, other teachers involved in the learning and yourself. This will be expected at the conclusion of your learning.

Frequently asked questions

How much can I apply for?

There is no fixed amount because the types of opportunities are often very different. Awards can be made to either contribute to the cost of an opportunity or to fund it completely. For an individual, it can range from $500 to $2,500 and for a group or network of teachers, up to $6,000. All applications are assessed by the panel based on how well the opportunity will:

  • benefit and support gifted learners

  • increase your understanding of giftedness and increase the effectiveness of your teaching

  • impact your school, kura, Kohanga Reo or early learning centre

My application is longer than recommended, what should I do?

Look over the suggestions in the application information about things to consider when making your application. The panel can’t consider material that’s beyond 5 pages of typed A4 or 5 minutes video time.

Who is eligible to apply for these awards?

It is open for teachers registered to teach in New Zealand and currently working in early learning, primary or secondary schools, Kohanga Reo or kura.

When do the awards open?

The December 2019 awards opened on October 7 2019 and will close at 4pm, 1 November 2019. Awards will be made on 15 December 2019. The next round of awards will be in May 2020 and applications will open 1 March 2020. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

How often do the awards run?

We have two rounds of awards per year – one in May and another in December.

How do I apply?

You can provide your application in writing or by video – however you can tell your best story. Written applications shouldn’t exceed 5 pages of an A4 Word doc and videos shouldn’t last longer than 5 mins.

Submit your application online here: Teacher award application

What sorts of things can I apply to do for this award?

You can apply to learn anything. As long as you can tell us how it will:

  • benefit and support gifted learners

  • will increase your understanding of giftedness

  • increase the effectiveness of your teaching

  • how it will impact your school, kura, Kohanga Reo or early learning centre.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the awards? gifted.awards@education.govt.nz